My Crazy Life As… I Play With Fishguts…

Filming with Duck Dynasty was probably one of the coolest experiences of my life.

We did all sorts of things for the episode I’ll be in, which I explained some in earlier posts.. Holding catfish and such…

Well I’m about to explain my favorite part.. And I’m seriously not joking… This was my favorite part. I loved it. Shows that I am a true Biology major…

I got to play with fish guts.

Of course, I had to look disgusted… But all I wanted to do was play with them. Not in a gross or creepy way, mind you. In a dissection type way!

So there I am, acting disgusted ( note: key word is acting ) as Papaw Phil chops into this fish, cleaning it to get it ready to fry, and he pulls out this HUGE string of organs and guts from this 12 lb catfish… You could see the gallbladder, liver and all kinds of stuff!

Literally, as soon as the shot was over, me and John Luke just stood there with the bowl of guts in front of us playing in them. Sounds gross, but it was like a Biology class.. So not quite so strange if you think of it like that.

So then Ms. Kay comes over and says we are going to put the fish guts in her flower garden because it makes great fertilizer.. I act surprised and disgusted as she’s talking about it and then we take the bowl out and she starts digging small holes around her plants. I drop the guts in and she covers them with dirt and then TADA. Fertilized plants..

Later, I started thinking about this.. We dropped all those fish guts by the pretty plants to make them grow to be even prettier. Something nasty is going to make something beautiful.. Shouldn’t that be the same concept with our lives sometimes?

No really, this makes perfect sense, hang in there..

Our mistakes in life are like the fish guts.  If we don’t let God use them somehow for something good, all they are going to do is stink. But if we give them to God, He can use them in our lives to make something beautiful.

I was at a DNow earlier this year and our speaker said ” Turn your mess into your mission.”

Just like the fish guts, your mistakes don’t have to sit there and rot. Yeah, try your best in everything, but we all slip up every now and then, but that doesn’t mean God can’t use it. If you hand all those mistakes to God, He will bless that and be able to use them in ways that you never even could think. It could be relating to someone who has done the same thing and that allows you to say, ” yeah, I’ve been down that road, but look at what God has done in my life despite of my mistakes”. It could be the chance to save someone else from doing that same thing. It could be a mission statement for your life after seeing where you’ve been and where God has taken you despite your mistakes.

Don’t let your mistakes sit there and just be mistakes. Let God have them to make something beautiful not only in your life, but also for the world to see.

Those plants that Ms. Kay planted with the fish guts… Those are going to turn out better than any store plant you could ever buy with store fertilizer.  It’s all because she saw a way she could use the fish guts for good.

God wants to use our mistakes. Just like the song “Beautiful Things” by Gungore. Look at these lyrics :

All this pain
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way
I wonder if my life could really change at all
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found
Could a garden come up from this ground at all

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

You make me new, You are making me new

Love it(:

So lessons learned : Fish guts make great fertilizer and God turn our mistakes into our mission.


My Crazy Life As… A Country Girl

So the day we filmed, we did a fishing scene with Papaw Phil and John Luke. The beginning was filled with Papaw Phil giving us very valuable information about relationships.. As you can imagine..  and sinking boats..

When we finally got to the net that had fish in it to pull up, they reminded me that I would have to hold a fish..

I can hold bass, no problem.. but I had never held a catfish before.. ever. So I was quite interested in this art of catfish holding..

So Mr. Phil tells me about these crazy, stabbing, nail-like, dagger-type-things on the fishy’s fins.. They were crazy huge and I was scared to hold it and let it stab me… So before I even said anything… He twisted them off….

Sweetest. Man. Ever.

So here I am, taking the fish from him, pretending to be disgusted.. But honestly, I was extremely excited about holding this fish.

So I’m waving it at John Luke’s face and what-not while Papaw Phil is telling us all about these fish and why they’re the color they are and all sorts of interesting things.. And then the film crew interrupted our fun..

They told me to drop the fish when it was handed to me and scream. Honestly. It was the most fake scream I have ever screamed in my entire life.

So they finally finished the scene so me and John Luke got to play with the fish all we wanted to.. We had a California man from the film crew in our boat too.. And I even asked if he would like to hold the fish.. But he didn’t want to. It was a sad day. He missed out.

So all in all, the main lesson I have been learning lately is to try new things. Usually I wimp out on stuff like that, but now I have learned that if I go ahead and go all in, then I have much more fun and I don’t feel like I miss out.

Aka, the same way we should do in our walk with Christ. We need to go ahead and go all in and God will bless that. He’ll show us opportunities that we would have never had if we had never talked to that one person or made a decision that agrees with His plan.

I also learned how awesome fish are… My catfish sang to me.. (:

God is so creative (: